Thursday, May 20, 2010

The new house design

Well, here it is - the new house to be built by Uniform. It's called a Brantwood and it is an Arts & Crafts inspired house. Some of the details include:

First floor
  • Large two-story home has four bedrooms and a generous front proch. A home with an open family dining and kitchen area overlooking the rear yard
  • the two-car garage has direct access to the muc room and powder room with an opening window
  • the standard plan features a private quite space retreat off the front entry alonw with a home offic/den (in reality, we will probably use the front "quiet space" room as an office and the middle room as a TV/toy room.)
  • an oversized great room includes a fireplace and is open to the second floor

Second Floor:

  • A large master retreat occupies one end of the secon floor. It features a vaulted ceiling, two large his/hers closets and a five-piece master bath with double sinks
  • An oversized laundry facility comes complete with a large linen closet
  • Three generous bedrooms have easy access to a common bathroom

What are we missing in this design that we would have had in the house designed by Linda Chapman?

  • No mudroom off the front door so I can already imagine how messy it will be
  • no walk-out basement
  • less interesting architecturally
  • the vision of the whole land and how the house integrates into it is not as strong as with Linda's house.

Otherwise, though, this house has all of the features we wanted and with a decent landscaping budget we can integrate the back garden into the home more effectively.


  1. Years ago, we went and looked at houses at Stonebridge and we really liked the "Kelmscott" Uniform house! It may not be The Dream, but it's a very nice house and the lay-out looks great for family life. You've probably thought of this, but as I recall, you can built the house flipped in either direction - so you may want to ensure that the garage is on the north side, so as to maximize your access to light!

  2. We liked the Kelmscott as well. In fact that was our first choice. But liked the additional space of the Brantwood. Ideally we would have had the look of the Kelmscott with the space of the Brantwood, but increasing the size of the Kelmscott was not really an option with Uniform. Making cosmetic chagnes to the inside of the house is no problem, but when you start to push out exterior walls, it requires a redesign of the house and associated architect's time, which we would have to pay for.

    We will however flip the house as you have suggested to maximize sunlight to the living areas.